Nepal’s Supreme Court has removed the deputy prime minister from office and from his parliamentary seat for violating citizenship laws.
Rabi Lamichhane, 48, had become deputy prime minister and the powerful home minister after his newly formed party joined the coalition government last month
zenship in 2018, but the court said on Friday that he had not followed due process.
“The constitutional bench of the Supreme Court has ruled that his candidacy and election to the post of a member of the House of Representatives are void,” Supreme Court spokesman Bimal Poudel told the Agence France-Presse news agency.
The court ruled that after abandoning his American citizenship, Lamichhane did not reapply for Nepali nationality. Therefore, it said, he improperly contested the election because of his invalid citizenship. Nepal does not allow dual citizenship.